Theater for East AND Left Coast

Theater Arts From East to Left Coast

     Normally at this time I would be deep in the throes of event planning and organizing the upcoming season of One Acts and Snacks. After 3 fantastic seasons, including our first All-Female Playwright Extravaganza last year, the Casa has gone on the road — literally! Click here for a peak in at our road trip cross country and our Ridiculous Party in Hungary.  If you’ve been a guest at the Casa over the past three years you will immediately recognize Sabrina, last seen getting belly-rubs in the audience of One Acts, and Ninja and Peanut Butter, more stealthy but also known to show up on stage or an actors lap halfway thru the show!

     We miss our beloved Casa community and so we are actively working on the next iteration of One Acts and Snacks. We hope it takes the form of something for everyone, no matter what coast you’re on.

In the meantime, there is no lack of  opportunities on either coast!
Below are 4 of many, many more: 2 for East and 2 for West 🙂

1 –> Manhattan: Attend!

The WorkShop Theater presents Sundays@Six: free, sit-down readings of new and revisited scripts by company playwrights and of projects initiated by company artists. Most of the readings are followed by a moderated dramaturgical discussion. Next Sunday, September 10th is En Passant by Tony Sportiello, which just happens to be set in the San Fernando Valley! How’s that for New York/California connectivity?! More info at: http://www.workshoptheater.org/sundays

2 –> Brooklyn: Participate!

Recently featured by Worksbywomen.orgGold No Trade is a Brooklyn based company that supports women in the arts by creating strong and nuanced female characters and offering women an important role behind the scenes in production, play-writing and company management. They recently enjoyed a sold out run ofThe Subtle Body at 59E59 Theaters. To find out how you can be a part of Gold No Trade’s next project join their mailing list or find them on Facebook here.

3 –> San Francisco: Write!

Playwrights Center of San Francisco was established in 1980 as a forum for playwrights to get together and hear their work read. (Sound familiar?! :-D) The mission of the The Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco (PCSF) is to encourage and develop local playwrights and promote script writing, audience development, and related arts. Over the last 30 years it has grown to a membership organization that offers a number of successful programs that offer support and feedback to new and experienced playwrights alike and provides opportunities for actors and directors as well. Playwrights can find submission guidelines here.

 

4–> San Jose: Support!

Teatro Visión is a Chicanx theater company with more than three decades of service to the community. Their work amplifies the voices of Latinxs, creates a dignified and empowering sense of identity, inspires action, builds respect and understanding, and explores the social and psychological experiences of Latinxs. They are committed to nurturing the next generation of community leaders and cultural ambassadors. Along with their regular schedule, they are currently working on a very special new work, born of a year-long search for local stories.

Obviously this doesn’t cover all the boroughs in NYC of all the cities in the Bay Area. And, unless you’re one of those bi-coastal folks we all so admire, you may not be able to get to more than 2. Pass the info on to someone you know out on that other coast! And let us know what you’re looking forward to in your city so we can feature it in our next update!

XOXO from Coast to Coast!

Katie

Purging Old Issues; An Interview with Jodi Leidecker

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Jodie Leidecker discusses her play I Join A Mental Institution and Have Fun! Premiering this Saturday at Casa de Beverley’s One Acts and Snacks!

Q: How did you hear about One Acts and Snacks?

A: I found this group on NYCP blogspot. It has great opportunities and I’ve had other small productions through that site.

Q: Can you tell me more about your play? What was your inspiration? Why did you select this piece for the reading?

A: I wrote a memoir (that isn’t very good and didn’t get published!), and I took a chapter and made it into this short play about my time being treated for depression as a teenager. It helped me purge some old issues, plus I think the main character exhibits the love of the absurd bordering cynicism that is a hallmark of my family’s way dealing with life. I submitted three plays and Katie selected this one. I was glad because it’s never been performed.

Q: What are your goals for the reading?

A: I want to see if the jokes would work or fall flat. Also, I wonder if it’s too busy, with all the action in the background with the main character narrating and interacting with other characters at the same time.

Q: What are you most looking forward to? What are you most nervous about?

A: I am looking forward to seeing how the actors breathe life into my ideas. I find it fascinating how different people bring such variety to stories-how they think about delivering lines. I’m nervous it will be a big disaster and I’ll have to slink out of Brooklyn under cover of dark of night, never to touch fingertip to keyboard again…and that I’ll end up living in a dumpster, that climate change is irreversible. I know that might not all be related to this play.

Q: What advice would you give to playwrights who might be interested in joining One Acts and Snacks?

A: I would say just try it. I have been met with a high level of professionalism and dedication. The people involved are serious about producing art. Isn’t that cool?

Out of Body on a Train

Erin Moughon discusses her play Out of Body on a Train, one of the three featured plays in this month’s One Acts and Snacks.

Tickets are still available! Click here.

Warning: This interview contains mentions of rape and abuse.

Q: How did you hear about One Acts and Snacks?

A: Kendra Augustin forwarded me the email about the August dinner.

Q: Can you tell me more about your play? What was your inspiration? Why did you select this piece for the reading?

A: My play is about a young woman who wakes up hungover on a subway that is stalled between stations. but all is not what it seems. As the other person in the play tells her, she’s not on a train; she’s by a dumpster being raped. It was inspired by a play I saw this summer about two men on a stalled subway train, and I started wondering about what it would be like if two women were on the train. I also spent a lot of 2016 reading about the woman who was raped by the Stanford rapist and reading her response. Then I started thinking about my own fears, and what terrifies me the most is someone doing something to me with no ability to stop it, and to have someone else permanently alter me physically and mentally against my will, like the ultimate loss of control and then to be marked by that loss of control.

Q: What are your goals for the reading?

A: To see if I can expand the play or if it works best as a short play. Actually to see if the story lands or does what I hope at all.

Q: What are you most looking forward to? What are you most nervous about?

A: Same answer for both: audience reactions. Really. Also looking forward to: hearing the play so that I can edit it. Nervous about: what if it doesn’t work?

Q: What advice would you give to playwrights who might be interested in joining One Acts and Snacks?

A: DO IT. We write plays because we want to collaborate and play with others. This is a safe place to do that with smart people who want to hear plays.

Sisterhood In The Time of the Apocalypse

Casa playwright Kendra Augustin discusses her new play Found a Friend.  Interview by Natalie Osborne

Q: How did you hear about One Acts and Snacks?

A: A Facebook post. Probably on The Official Playwrights of Facebook page in early 2015.

Q: Can you tell me more about your play?

A: Found A Friend is about two sisters who have been apart for about a decade who finally come back together on the last day of the world.

Q: What was your inspiration?

A: I was watching a movie a few years ago, loved the title, super excited to see it, and was disappointed that it turned into a love story. I thought if the world was ending, what would it be like to reconnect with a family member you haven’t seen in forever? I remember watching the movie thinking about if they had any siblings, or parents to meet on the last day of the world. I don’t think it’s a time to fall in love. At least not with someone new.  Maybe an old crush or flame.

Q: There are so many movies and tv shows with the end of the world as their premise. Why do you think that is?

A: I like to think it’s because so many of us live our lives afraid to do anything or say anything grand that we wonder what if we didn’t have to be grand? What if something grand (like the world coming to an end)  forced us to just talk to one another? The world ends when you  break up or when someone you care about dies and it seems that’s when many of us finally decide to share our hearts.

Q:  What about the end of the world draws you in?

A: I remember somewhere (Tumblr) where someone posted that the world ending is like God being fair. One of the scary things about death is that you’re kind of in it alone. And it’s unexpected. But if the whole world ends it’s no longer just you and you have time to absorb it. You are now connected to everyone. There is no, “What if I don’t get to live my life to the full?” because there is no future to look forward to. Comforting I think.

Q: What about sisters as opposed to other family relationships or friendships draws you in?

A: One of the first plays I wrote was also about the end of the world, but with friends. I hadn’t watched it at the time but Melancholia (Lars von trier’s film) was coming out and I thought the imagery (Tumblr posts) were lovely and dreamy. And I had just discovered The Ropes (and their song “I Don’t Like To Get Dirty”) and I was inspired to write.

But, seriously, after watching that movie with the good title, I was like, I kept thinking  about her mom? Or sister? And why she was falling in love with some dude.

I feel, in real life, so many of us are somewhat estranged from family members, but when it comes down to it, sometimes, we don’t have to be. If we were just willing to be vulnerable and soft, many wounds could be healed. But, it’s so scary. Plus, I liked the idea of two women who could be friends, but have a deeper bond by being related by blood. If the world is going to end maybe you want to spend it with that sister who you haven’t spoken to in years because you’re mad she…left/moved away/hurt you. Underneath pain sometimes is just a person who feels unloved (by the person they love!)

Q: What advice would you give to playwrights who might be interested in joining One Acts and Snacks?

A: Come to an event. Check it out. I’ve met many a great folk through it. Plus, food.

Come See Found a Friend October 15th at Casa de Beverley! Purchase tickets here.

Interview with Jacqui Lynch

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Season Three starts this Saturday at 6pm, and to celebrate, we’re interviewing the playwrights in the reading. Here, Jacqui Lynch talks about her play Nurses.

 

Interview Conducted by: Natalie Osborne

 

How did you hear about One Acts and Snacks?

 

I look into a blog called NYC Playwrights about once a week for postings that interest me.  I really liked the ‘salon’ aspect of Katie’s/Casa de Beverley’s events and the community feel to it.

 

Can you tell me more about your play? What was your inspiration? Why did you select this piece for the reading?

 

This summer I gave myself the task of coming up with a hundred ideas from which I could possibly write.  My initial idea was to write 50 on the way to the beach, take a break and enjoy the waves and then write 50 more on the way back. I only  managed 25 in each direction so I had to go to the beach a second time! The idea for ‘Nurses’ came from one of those – closer to a hundred than to 1. It started as two friends leaving work together everyday and then evolved into a story of two friends and their conflicting ideas of how they see each other’s lives and what they think is best for each other, instigated by their own period of self doubt.  It’s two friends being very intimate with their opinions of each other, and I thought sharing it in such an intimate setting would be an appealing first read.

 

Out of all the ideas you came up with while walking to the beach, what made you stick with the idea for Nurses?

 

About a week later, I sat down and made myself write down all the ones I could remember without looking and “Nurses” was the first one.

 

Was there anything else that inspired you while you were working on this piece? 

 

Yes.  I have a few people in my life that I’ve been friends with for a very long time.  I wanted this play to reflect what a long term friendship relationship is like.

 

Do you have a favorite playwright or writers who’s work you return to for inspiration? 

 

My favorite playwright is Beckett, but my favorite writer for inspiration is Jennifer Saunders.  Specifically her book “Bonkers My Life in Laughs.”  There’s something about it that makes me think, I could be a writer.  Sure!

 

What are your goals for the reading?

 

I’m interested in hearing how people react to the journey of the friendship and if it rings true.

 

What are you most looking forward to? What are you most nervous about?

 

What I’ve learned about the writing process is that when you conceive your play you think it’s a great idea and people will relate to it, and then there is a period where you can’t believe you ever thought you should let it out of your head and into the world, and then that passes and you’re excited for people to see it again.  Even though I know that’s the pattern, I wonder if I’m the only one who will relate to it, and even if that is the case, I am looking forward to conversing with the  audience about their thoughts.

 

What advice would you give to playwrights who might be interested in joining One Acts and Snacks?

 

Anything you’re interested in you should follow through on.  I’ve always had ideas, but to get it out of the house takes perseverance, and maybe even a new set of skills.  This year for me has been about that. And it’s been completely worth it!   One Acts and Snacks is a really supportive community, very welcoming, and very high on theater!

 

 

Interview with Karin Diann Williams

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Season Three of Casa de Beverley starts a week from Saturday! To celebrate, we’re interviewing the first of three featured playwrights! Here, Karin Diann Williams discusses her play Portrait of Mabel.

 

Interview by Natalie Osborne

 

How did you hear about One Acts and Snacks?

 

I heard about OAS from Kendra Augustin, who I worked with on the 365­Women­A­Year Project.

 

Can you tell me more about your play? What was your inspiration? Why did you select this piece for the reading?

 

I chose Portrait of Mabel  for the reading because I just finished it this summer, and I haven’t had a chance to hear it or show it to anyone. I hope I made the right choice! Mabel is part of the 365­Women­A­Year playwriting project, a series of plays about about women in history.

It’s based on the memoirs of Mabel Dodge Luhan, an early twentieth century patron of the arts who hosted a famous Greenwich Village salon, and helped organize the 1913 Armory Show. Gertrude Stein wrote a modernist stream­of­consciousness essay about her: Portrait of Mabel Dodge at the Villa Curonia.

Mabel was all about bringing artists and activists together to exchange ideas. I can’t think of a more perfect setting for this play than Casa de Beverly ­­ an intimate salon just like the one Mabel hosted!

 

When did you first hear about Mabel Dodge Luhan? What about her story inspired you to write about her?

 

I grew up in New Mexico, where Mabel Dodge Luhan is basically a household name. The Mabel Dodge Luhan house in Taos is still very active as an arts center, artists’ retreat and inn. On New Year’s Day I was in Albuquerque visiting my parents when the 365­women­a­year project opened up for 2016, and I decided to claim a historic woman from NM. I was really surprised when I checked the database and found out no one had written about Mabel yet.

 

Can you walk me through the process of researching Luhan and adapting her life for the stage?

 

Mabel made things easy for me by writing a four­volume memoir of her life and times, collectively entitled Intimate Memories. The memoir follows Mabel from her early years in Buffalo through a series of youthful lesbian romances, becoming a mother and then a widow at 23, her life in Florence, her move to New York City in 1913 where she started a famous bohemian salon, her journeys to Provincetown and Croton in search of spiritual fulfillment, and finally her discovery of Taos ­­where she founded an arts colony with her Native American husband, Tony. The real challenge was distilling a one­act play from such an eventful life.

 

Can you tell me more about the relationship between Stein’s poem and your own piece?

 

Gertrude Stein’s Portrait of Mabel Dodge inspired the structure of my play, which is a series of five ten­minute plays for four actors, designed to be performed in any order or combination. Stein wrote in a stream­of­consciousness style, inspired by cubist art. I tried to put diverse moments from Mabel’s life together in a similar way, with haphazard juxtapositions that might reveal deeper psychological and social truths.

 

What other sources did you draw inspiration from while you were working on this piece?

 

Besides learning more about Mabel, I researched some of the people who were important to her, including her second husband Edwin Dodge, her anarchist friend Hutchins Hapgood, and her socialist lover Jack Reed, who got Mabel to help him stage a pageant for striking workers in Madison Square Garden. There was also her third husband, painter and sculptor Maurice Sterne, her friend Elizabeth Duncan (Isadora’s sister) who had an avant­garde dance school in Croton, and her fourth husband, Tony, who risked his reputation as a tribal leader in Taos Pueblo to begin an affair with her. As often as possible, I tried to use the character’s actual dialog (at least, as Mabel remembered it) to recreate moments in her life.

 

What are your goals for the reading?

 

My number one goal is to entertain the audience. I’d also like to hear the dialog, get feedback for a re­write, and find out if my gender­ neutral casting idea is going to work.

 

What are you most looking forward to? What are you most nervous about?

 

I am most looking forward to the rehearsal, and possibly doing some last minute­dialog changes during the rehearsal. I’m most nervous about the timing, and making cuts if the piece runs longer than expected.

 

What advice would you give to playwrights who might be interested in joining One Acts and Snacks?

 

Come out and hear a few of the readings this season, meet the producers and get an idea of the kind of work they are looking for!

 

Portrait of Mabel will premiere as part of One Acts and Snacks debut show of Season Three, September 17th at 6pm in Ditmis Park. Purchase tickets here.

 

 

Casa de Beverley Presents One Acts and Snacks Season Two

Casa de Beverley presents

One Acts and Snacks

Season Two


September 2015 – April 2016

Casa de Beverley Presents

One Acts and Snacks

Season Two Lineup:

September 19, 2015:                                                                                                     December 12, 2015:

Awkward by Natalie Osborne                                                                                                           Holiday Party!

Handsome by Steven Fogelman

Hot or Not  by Jack Feldstein                                                                                                 January 16, 2016:

                                                                                                                                                    Upstairs by Erin Lane

October 17, 2015:                                                             Dolphins and Sharks by James Anthony Tyler

Boobies by Mystie Galloway

February 20, 2016:

November 21, 2015:                                                                                                      Dave by Chase Yenser

Men and Parts by John Morogiello                                                                            Other Cat by Paul Hood

Princesses of the Bar Table by Sana Keith

March 19, 2016:

Upstaged by Lisa DeAngelis and Michael Naylor

Casting Cordelia by Katherine Long

April 16, 2016:

Season Two Celebration and Artist Collaboration: 4-6 Brand New Short Plays Created in ONE DAY!

 




About Us

Casa De Beverley is a community and art space located in the heart of Ditmas Park in Brooklyn, New York. Our purpose is to build and nurture a community that values creativity and lifelong learning. We do this through a variety of events. We exist because everyone deserves a place where they belong and can thrive. Visit us on the web atwww.casadebeverley.com

One Acts and Snacks is a monthly gathering to hear and discuss new plays from up-and-coming playwrights. Like us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/oneactsandsnacks

Your Hosts

Katie Hahn née Santos

Co-Founder and Production Manager

Katie is an educator, producer, and stage manager in New York and California. New York credits include ASM for the premier production of “Tucker Max’s I Hope They Serve Beer on Broadway” and SM for The New York Fringe Festival. Her day job as a substitute teacher helps her stay connected to theater cuz it’s kinda like real-world improve on steroids. Find her on facebook /katieonfb

 

Orin Hahn

Co-Founder and House Manager

Orin is a writer, speaker and coach on building relationships beyond expectations. He works with C level executives and independent entrepreneurs to increase productivity and find enjoyment in their role. He has also worked with couples, parents and individuals. Friends and family adore his home cooking and he loves using it to bring people together. Find him on orinhahn.com

 

Dann Berg
Co-Founder and IT Manager

Dann is a playwright, whose play Diary: A One Act Play helped launch the very first One Acts and Snacks event, and went on to be produced at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre. A former tech journalist, his writing has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, The Verge, LAPTOP Magazine, Mashable, and Gizmodo. Find him at dannberg.me

Season Two Playwrights

September:

Natalie Osborne (Awkward) Natalie is a writer, theatre-maker, and activist. She is an alumna of Bennington College, where she studied drama and anthropology. She’s worked with La MaMa in NYC, The Athena Project in Denver Colorado, and the Kattaikkuttu Sangam in Punjarasantankal, India. She’s had play readings at the Classic Theatre of Harlem and articles on theatre published by HowlRound. Her play My Monster and Me was produced by Theatre@ First in Boston. She’s very excited to be a part of One Acts and Snacks’ second season!

Steven Fogelman (Handsome) Steven is a playwright, actor, photographer, designer, and chef whose full-length play ‘tran-si-tions’ was accepted into the 2016 NYC Fringe Festival. Come see him next month as Don Pedro in Frog & Peach Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing.’

Jack Feldstein (Hot or Not) From Sydney, Australia and now settled in NYC, Jack is a playwright and filmmaker. His prize winning neon animation films have screened worldwide and in NYC at Lincoln Center. And his plays have been performed in Australia and New York. You can find out much more information about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Feldstein

October:

Mystie Galloway (Boobies) Mystie is a Playwright and Actress from Los Angeles CA. She has been developing original theater productions in Los Angeles and New York since 2007. Her work includes ‘Silent Echos,’ ‘Brutal Lottery,’ and ‘A call for love’. Acting credits include A Fool For Love, Rabbit Hole, For Colored Girls, and the Vagina Monologues. She has also had several poetry pieces published in various books and recently finished her first children’s book about color mixing. She is a socially conscious writer and enjoys creating literary pieces relevant to today’s prevalent issues, in an attempt to create dialog on a theatrical platform for change.

November:

John Morogiello (Man and Parts) John is a Playwright in Residence at the Maryland State Arts Council. Plays: Engaging Shaw and Blame It On Beckett have been published by Samuel French. Others include: Play Date, Stonewall’s Bust, Irish Authors Held Hostage, and Gianni Schicchi. Awards include: 2015 Dayton Playhouse Futurefest, 2015 Julie Harris Award, 2015 Boomerang Fund for Artists Grant.

Sana Keith (Princesses of the Bar Table) Sana studied at the Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. Performed at the Snapple Theater, the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, and other venues local to the city he is proud to call home. This is his first written piece. He is thrilled to be a part of Casa de Beverley’s second season.

January:

James Anthony Tyler (Dolphins and Sharks) James has a MFA in Film from Howard University and a MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University. He’s a proud member of Harlem’s Emerging Black Playwrights Group, a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, a 2015-2016 Many Voices Fellow and currently a Juilliard Playwriting Fellow.

Erin Lane (Upstairs) is a playwright, improviser, comedian, and solo artist. Her play Hoist was the first runner-up in the 2015 Charles M. Getchell New Play Contest, and was featured in the 2015 Great Plains Theatre Conference, Rose of Athens Playwrighting Festival 2015, Trellis Reading Series and is receiving it’s world premiere in Chicago this October. Her show Jersey Shore: The Musical was named one of the top 10 shows in 2011 by Time Out Magazine Chicago. She is currently an M.F.A. Playwrighting Candidate at Hollins University and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

February:

Chase Yenser (Dave) Chase is a graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. His work has been featured at The Blank Theatre, Horizon Theatre Company, Piney Fork Theatre Press, Catchy Name Theatre Company, as well as Young Playwrights Inc. Chase was recently named a finalist for IATI Theatre’s Cimientos, 2015.

Paul Hood (Other Cat) Paul’s plays received performances at Gamut Theatre, Oyster Mill Playhouse, Open Stage of Harrisburg and Hershey Area Playhouse. A graduate of CASA (formerly Harrisburg Arts Magnet School). Hood studied creative writing at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. He lives and works in Harrisburg, PA.

March:

Lisa DeAngelis (Upstaged) Lisa thinks actors are incredibly brave because they put themselves out there and can’t hide behind laptops in pajamas as writers can. Other plays include THE INCONVENIENCE OF DEATH AND FRIENDSHIP, THE TITANIC TRIVIA GAME, LESLIE INTERVIEWS JOE FOR CLASS PROJECT, novel ANGELS UNAWARES.

Michael Naylor (Upstaged) Toiling away at PR and web design by day, Michael worked as Director of PR for the Bucks County Playhouse for two decades. With co-writer Lisa DeAngelis, a TV pilot version of Upstaged was honored in the 2010 “Shoot in Philadelphia” film festival. www.michaelgnaylor.com

Katharine Long (Casting Cordelia) Kate’s a playwright member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre where several of her one-acts have been produced. Her work has been published by Samuel French, Broadway Play Publishing and included in Applause Book’s Best Short Plays. CASTING CORDELIA, can be found in the 2015 edition of THE WESTCHESTER REVIEW.

Our Season Two Performing Artists

Kendra Augustin (Alumni – Puddle by Isaac Himmelman, February 2015) Kendra is an actress and writer who has studied at Nova Southeastern University and Stella Adler. She is part of the 365 Women A Year playwriting project and co-founder of Leela NYC Theatre Festival.

Lance M. Barrett is a young man just trying to figure out the craft, do what he loves most and trying his best to keep his sanity at the same damn time. Is that too much?

Brittany Bethea helps over 100 pharmaceutical reps sell drugs — but at heart, she’s a performer. With 20 years of training as a Mezzo-Soprano, she looks forward to leaving her drug dealing days behind and taking the stage with Audra MacDonald.

Ellen Bryan is a proud New Yorker and her favorite snack is cheese. When she’s not snacking, Ellen enjoys taking photographs, playing her violin, watching videos of puppies falling asleep, and of course, performing. Favorite roles include Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, and David Boies in 8, the Play. Ellen holds a BFA in acting from The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Thanks for being our audience! www.ellen-bryan.com

Emily Cordes (Alumni – Diary: A One Act Play by Dann Berg, January 2015.) Emily is an NYC-based actress. She made her One Acts & Snacks debut in the original reading of “Diary” by Dann Berg. Recent roles include the Courtesan in “Dances of Life and Death,” Mater Coeli in “Eleusis: Saturn,” and Lea in “Look Alive, Starshine.

Caleb Estes holds a BFA in playwriting from the University of Houston, where he began his graduate work, under the guidance of professors Edward Albee and Mark Medoff. Caleb’s Houston directing credits include Julius Caesar, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, and Fool for Love.

Ruth Freeman (Alumni – Watch by Gemma Cooper-Novack, April 2015) has lived and worked as an educator in London, Vienna and New York. She has worked with children in international schools and in a homeless shelter from ages 0 thru 16 as well as adults. Her father cultivated the love of theatre and she has been hooked ever since!

Daniel Kinch is a writer, performer and radio producer. His one-man play, HOW TO STOP THE EMPIRE WHILE KEEPING YOUR DAY JOB (written for Occupy Wall Street) has become a YouTube favorite. www.brooklynculturejam.com |
bkculturejammers@gmail.com

Steven Lerner is thrilled to be making his debut with One Acts and Snacks. His past performances include Play It Again, Sam (Allan Felix), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Stanley), Harvey (Elwood P Dowd) and Romantic Comedy (Leo Janowitz).

Aaron Lisman was active in the Chicago and NYC theater scenes back in the aughts and uses his two small children as his excuse for a long hiatus. He also plays bluegrass music (if you do too, chat him up).

Lynda Mauze is an Actress, Entrepreneur, Brand Specialist, and Motivator. For as far back as she can remember being a little girl in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Lynda’s vision is of standing center stage with a bright light shining on her. In 2014, the vision compelled her to leave corporate America after 12 yrs. to pursue her passion of being a working actress. She is currently enrolled in acting classes at Susan Batson Studio. Lynda is an artist and explores and discovers freely. She took a risk to go for her dreams and to ultimately fly.

Manu Menon is originally from the often-underappreciated Garden State. He has been in numerous stage and film productions as well as commercials. In the past, Manu has studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and UCB. Manu is currently studying at Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab.

Christine Schisano (Alumni – Diary; A One Act Play, by Dann Berg, March 2015) Christine is an actor, writer, and puppeteer in NYC. Some favorite New York credits: The Howdy Do Show at the Eugene O’Neill Puppetry Conference, Dear Tina: I’m Wearing a Wig (Writer and performer; Kraine Theatre), Shakedown’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Completely True Tales of Boris Pecovsky at St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab, and proudly participated in the Guinness World Record Longest Variety Show this January. www.christineschisano.com

Matt Silver has been directing, playwriting and acting for the past 10 years. He is a graduate from SCSU in Fine Arts and has attended Circle In The Square Theatre. Some of his acting credits include Othello (Iago), Genre(Jason), Cannibal: The Musical (Prosecutor Mills), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius). His directing credits include Bachelor’s Holiday, Psychopathia Sexualas, The Zoo Story, The Lemonade Stand and Joe McDonald’s The Hunters. “I want to give my special shout outs to Casa De Beverley who I’m honored to work with, the cast and crew and creative team of tonight’s show. Break Legs and Kick Ass!”

Kristine Stringer (Alumni – Watch by Gemma Cooper Novack, April 2015) Kris performs in both NYC and NJ and recently received a 2015 NJACT Perry Award nomination for her performance as Judy Garland in Legends and Bridge. Other productions include The House of Yes (Mrs. Pascal),and August: Osage County (Barbara), Steel Magnolias (M’lynn) and God of Carnage (Veronica).

Simi Toledano
(Alumni – Puddle by Isaac Himmilman, February 2015) Simi is a Brooklyn based performance artist, actress, writer, activist, and educator. Born and raised just west of Philadelphia, Simi’s first role on stage was in kindergarten when she played an angel who turns a dying tree in to a living, thriving tree. Simi’s intentions as a performance artist are to create meaningful memories for herself and her audience through revelatory participation. She especially loves to tell stories with a message of liberation.

David A. Wallace (Alumni – Airport Insecurity by Shehzad Ghias Shaikh and Ass Backwards by Barry Ernst, May 2015) is a native talent to the streets of New York City. He worked internationally as a professional model signed, but is now transitioning deeper into his passion of acting and singing. Currently signed to BMG Models & Talent, He says, “life is full of closed doors, but I always have a locksmith on speed dial. I consider art to be life and all I am trying to do is live. When I am performing, for that moment I feel seen, understood, and accepted for my talents”.

Leslie Whitaker lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. After hearing from loved ones for years “you really should have been an actor or a lawyer with that personality,” she now joins Casa de Beverly for her first time before an audience.

Jazmin Williams (Boobies and Upstairs)is a NYC native and graduate of SUNY Fredonia’s Fine Arts Acting program. Past credits include Rose in August Wilson’s “Fences” and Diane in “The Little Dog Laughed”. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the OA&S company!

Nicole D’Angelo
(Boobies)
grew up in Long Island New York. She went to the high school of the performing arts in Syosset. Than continued to get her bachelors in theatre at Adelphi university and her masters at New York film academy in la. She recently performed the play Closer directed by Brenda Vaccera playing the role of Anna in Los Angeles. She is very excited to be part of this production and can’t wait for the future ahead.

Jean-Marie
(Princesses of the Bar Table)

Analisa Velez
(Dolphins and Sharks) Recent credits include: Lucy in The Inheritance (The Amoralists),  Xiomara in Dolphins & Sharks (The Fire This Time Festival), Raptor in Tenant Occupied (24 Hour Plays: Nationals) and Closet in Broken Motherhood Museum (NuAFrikan Theatre). TV credits include:   MASTERCLASS with Liv Ullmann (HBO). Analisa is a proud YoungArts alumni. She received her BFA in acting from Florida State University and is the founder of the street theatre collective, Raw Love. Please follow @analisavelez.

Pernell Walker (Dolphins and Sharks) Pernell Walker thanks God for allowing her to work with such passionate, profound filmmakers and theater artists. She holds a MFA in acting from The Actors Studio Drama School as well as a BA in Theater from City College. Fall of 2011 marked Ms.Walker first feature film debut as Laura In the award winning and critically acclaimed film, Pariah.  In 2011 in She made her off-Broadway debut in Radha Blank’s SEED Directed by Niegel Smith.  Ms.Walker is apart of the all- star cast of Lee Daniel’s latest film,The Butler. You can also watch Pernell in season 1 of The Knick , ANNIE, The Leftovers, and Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Vonda for its 2nd season airing in March. www.pernellwalker.com

Brandon Hall (Dolphins and Sharks)

Janice L. Goldberg
(Director
Dolphins and Sharks
and Upstairs)
directs a lot of new plays, serves as Artistic Co-Director of Artistic New Directions, and sometimes she wins awards, like The Kennedy Center Gold Medallion Award.  Recently she directed I Of The Storm Off-Broadway. www.JaniceLGoldberg.com

Josh David Phillips
(Upstairs) is an actor living New York by way of Baton Rouge. He has studied improv extensively at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. His indie improv team Private Jetsons can be seen performing around the city. He is also a co-founder of the Live Read Family.

Tony Lajeune (Dave) is returning to the stage after a one year absence. He performed at the Renaissance Fair in Lancaster, PA and as a professional stand-up comedian for 9 years at venues including Gotham, Carolines and
Wise Crackers Comedy Club.

Jaques Dudre (Dave)

Nayib Felix (Other Cat)  is very excited to be a part of his first play in New York
at Casa de Beverley! Nayib recently moved to New York from
Pennsylvania where he studied psychology at Penn State. His most
recent roles were Metellus Cimber in Julius Cesar and A Male’s
Perspective in The Pocketbook Monologues. He’s very thankful to
everyone at Casa de Beverley and is thrilled to be here!

Chris Grant (Other Cat)

Reesa Graham (Director – Dave and Other Cat)

Leajato A Robinson (Casting Cordelia) (Off-Broadway) “Storyville” The York Theater Co., “Philosophy for Gangsters” The Beckett Theater, “Messages” MITF.(regional) “The Old Man and The Sea” Long Wharf Theater, “Vices: A Love Story” The Caldwell Theater,  “Where I Come From” Kentucky Repertory Theater.  (TV) “Boardwalk Empire”, “666 Park Avenue”, “Orange is the New Black”, Person of Interest. Very happy to be a part of Casa de Beverly and “Casting Cordelia” Psalm 28:7

Susan Willerman (Director – Upstaged and Casting Cordelia)

Jade Ganga
(Upstaged) The Casa and OAS is thrilled to have Jade back a little over a year after helping to bring our very first one act up on its feet and in performance at the Manhattan Repertory Theater’s 2015 Spring One Act Competition.

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Artist’s Calendar

See our amazing company members at their upcoming events:

ONGOINGEmily Cordes portrays Grace, a guidebook-wielding tourist, in “Ferry Play,” This Is Not a Theatre Company’s site-specific audio play set aboard the Staten Island Ferry. Ferry Play is an ongoing, self-scheduled performance; participants download the piece to their smartphone as an Apple or Android app and can listen to it at dates and times of their choosing. More info available at http://www.thisisnotatheatrecompany.com/#!ferry-play/c1jtw.

April 1 & 2, 2016 at 7:30PMMy Electric Life
by Paul Hood, directed by Brian Phillips. In this fully staged reading of new play My Electric Life we see thestory of Ari, Manny and William, whom each struggle with cyber
addiction, which causes them to ‘disconnect’
from life altogether.
Facilitated by a calm, insightful young therapist, these three urban
dwellers relay their concerns through a series of heartbreaking
monologues and revelatory scenes that reveal their inner-most demons
and secrets.
Dark, bitingly funny and introspective, My Electric Life is a
play that examines why people hide behind the realities of life and
live solely through electronic communication.
Tickets Now On Sale!$15.00
Performed at Steinman Theater, Lancaster Country Day School,
725 Hamilton Road Lancaster.
Part of the TSS Sister Arts Series
http://seventhsister.com/season-schedule/

April 15th-17th
at Thirteenth Street Theatre in NYC: September ’15 OAS playwright, Natalie Osborne is hosting a series of new plays by female authors about famous historical women. There’s still time to get involved before tickets go on sale! Find her on Facebook and at www.noplays.wordpress.com
for more info.

April 14th-17th
at the Ithaca Fringe Festival:

Dan Kinch will be performing his play Planet Hospice. Planet Hospice is a lecture/clown performance on climate and extinction given by an evolutionary biology scientist named Dr. James Light.

More Info about the show and Dan: @ http://brooklynculturejammers.com

April 30th at Casa de Beverely:

Don’t miss our Season Two Celebration and Artistic Collaboration! Playwrights, Actors and Audience will join forces to create 4-6 Brand New One Acts Written That Day! This all-day event starts in the morning, rehearses in the afternoon and performs that evening! We have a few spaces available for additional playwrights to join us, so contact Katie@casadebeverley (Or talk to her or Dann tonight to get the deets!)

Alumni News

What’s up with the artists from Season One?

See all updates on our facebook page: facebook.com/oneactsandsnacks

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Help Casa de Beverley grow!

You can become a part of Casa de Beverley history by being
a part of our Chairs for Casa donation drive!

A $40 donation buys one chair, which will be beautifully emblazoned with your name (or a name of your choosing). You will be forever remembered as one of the first supporters of Casa de Beverley, and will help keep people comfortable for years to come!
Want to buy a chair? Donations accepted in-person or via Paypal (info@casadebeverley.com
)
We’ll
get back to you with a confirmation that we received your donation and to confirm the name you’d like to use on the chair.

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Thank You to our Season Two

“Chairs for Casa” Donors:

Theodore Osborne

Cecilia Petty

Kristine Stringer and William Blake

Kay Poiro

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Email info@casadebeverley.com for pricing and details.

Thank You EVERYONE who has helped to make Season Two such a success, including:

Anna Biddle and Marton Toth – Community Angels

Alex Merced (at Alexmerced.com)
– Hardware Donation

Mike Fiorito and Ariel Pezold-Fiorito – Chair Support

Rachel Sousa – Chair Support

Kayleigh Hahn – Raffle Art and Design

Alexandra Kohanim – Volunteer

Jacqueline Marcellin – Volunteer

Submissions for One Acts and Snacks Season 2

We are now accepting submissions for the second season of One Acts and Snacks, which kicks off September 19th!

If you submitted a piece last season and are still interested in being considered, you don’t need to send another copy of your play but please fill out the brand new submission form to be considered.

We look forward to hearing from you! Let us know if you have any questions.

We’re alive!

We’ve just launched our new website! We’d love to hear what you think. You can use our contact page or email us directly at info@casadebeverley.com.

We’ve got a lot of exciting events in store for Casa De Beverley. Check out our new monthly event One Acts and Snacks, which brings to life short plays by up-and-coming playwrights.